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There’s a new release in town that I have to recommend.
Echobeats Production has been doing noticeable work – most recently, the “Eyes Wide Shut” EP for singer-songwriter Llyell. It’s no surprise that their latest release, “Televised Riddim”, is on the same level of quality. The compilation consists of seven artistes with considerable recording and performing history between them. Below is a riddim mix by DJ Rynhold included for your listening pleasure.
First, we hear Tahirah Elizabeth, the sole woman included on the project. In “See You Never”, she sings about losing love, and the process of realizing that someone who was totally into you in one moment can become distant and undecided in the next. She sings, “I can’t wait no more/ Though I miss us from before/ I thought I’d love you, love you, love you for life/ I thought you’d love me, love me, love me for life”.
Next, we hear “Gears” by Llyell. He describes the situation he is experiencing: “She can grind my gears, been done before/ Manifest my fears, ain’t nothing new/ “I don’t cares” and trust issues, feel it in the air”. We see him in visuals by Anorak Productions working on the gears of a vehicle, much like how we have to consistently service our relationships for them to work. So far, only these are the only songs with accompanying visuals, with D’Yani featured as the love interest in Tahirah’s “See You Never”.
D’Yani’s “Feelings” come next. It seems that he has found love (“Baby, it is obvious enuh/ That I’m in love with you, girl/ Heart’s been racing, I’ve been waiting, just to see you”). Even when we lose love, it’s clear that it can be found again – considered a drug by many, it is common knowledge that we love to love. It helps to keep us alive, and many can attest to the joys of giving and receiving this gift.
D’East is heard next with “Wul’ It”. He talks about perseverance and going through the struggle, no matter the cost: “Wul’ It! Mi a wul’ it like the ball to the goalie/ Tell you dawg, bad charge, mi a wul’ it! / Like Messi, control it/ Mi soul, mi nah go sol’ it, mi a wul’ it/ Mi a wul’ it!/ Stand firm in the Gide’, mi a wu;’ it!” With witty lyricism, he implores us to keep pressing on, and this can be motivational prep for you if you ever find yourself to be in a low place.
Prince Stoney’s song “Fix Myself” describes his personal evolution in becoming his better self. He tells us, “Memba di days when hunger was mi drive/ Sometime outta door me haffi hol’ a five/ Nah beg a soul cau’ mi full up a pride, smile pon mi face but the frown cyaa hide/ Only me know the pain inside.” Sometimes, like the song further describes, time alone is essential. Isolation doesn’t always play a role during times of a pandemic; it can also be a necessary ingredient for the healing of one’s soul.
The sixth song is collaboration between Mundo Don and Mechi called “Unstoppable”. Mechi sings “Work hard for it all/ Badmind cyaa stop us now/ And once Jah Jah bless us/ Then who can stop us now, yeah?” Mundo Don opens with a reflection on how past plans can be changed so that we can achieve our greater purpose in life: “Mi a see di dream before mi eye lock/ Memba when mi use fi say mi waan fi be a pilot/ So mi go a J.D.F, uppa Camp and sign up/ Never get through but that a did just my luck.” He continues the story, highlighting their successes so far and claiming hopefulness and achievements for the future.
With cover design by DTR Designs Ja, this is definitely a production you will enjoy. Feel free to contact each artiste and access the music at:
Blessings in abundance!